Sunday, September 11, 2016

NL West W L GB
LA 80 61 - Hill pulled after 7 perfect?!?
GIANTS 76 65 4 19 hits a most welcome tonic.
Wild Card W L GB
GIANTS 76 65 - Can finish road trip 5-5 with win.
St Louis 75 66 - Like Giants, treading water.
New York 75 67 .5 Winning streak stopped at 6.

Giants bombarded Arizona, 11-3.
LA defeated Miami, 5-0, behind Rich Hill's 7 perfect innings.
St Louis defeated Milwaukee, 5-1, while New York lost at Atlanta, 4-3.

Giants finish up at Arizona, going for the sweep. Matt Moore against Zach Greinke. The Arizona ace sports an unsightly 4.54 ERA along with 12 wins. He's beaten the Giants t wice this year, both times in San Francisco; the Giants got their lone win against him here in Arizona back in May. It's still summer on the desert, so it's a 4 PM local time (7 PM EDT) start.
LA finishes up at Miami.
St Louis hosts Milwaukee and New York's at Atlanta-- all daytime starts.  

Last Night's Game
Johnny Cueto pitched, everybody hit, and the result was that rarest of rare events-- a Giants laugher. Cueto, now 15-5, won his first decision in three weeks and only his second since the All-Star Break. In the 19-hit Giants attack, six different players scored runs and seven drove in runs. Hunter Pence continued his regular tear: 4 runs scored for the second straight game on a 3-for-3 night with a homer and two walks. Joe Panik and Eduardo Nunez both were 3-for-5, Brandon Crawford was 2-for-5, Brandon Belt hit a monster two-run double initially ruled a three-run homer, and Cueto himself got into the act with a RBI single. The Giants have a chance now to sweep this series and finish what has been a disastrous road trip at a most satisfying 5-5-- if they can beat Zach Greinke this evening,

I've Heard That Song Before-- Wait, No I Haven't
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made history of a most unlikely sort when he pulled Rich Hill from the game last night after Hill had a perfect game going through seven. Pitchers with no-hitters going have been pulled before, usually for pinch-hitters in a scoreless tie. But a pitcher with a perfect game in hand through seven? Never before! And LA was up, 4-0, at the time-- this was based solely on concerns for Hill's health. He had thrown only 97 pitches-- remember, he's a 36-year-old, not a rookie or youngster-- but apparently the training staff feared a re-occurrence of chronic blisters that had sidelined him earlier in the season. Given how well Hill is pitching, it's a defensible move on paper for a team that is desperate to reach the postseason and advance in it. But the commentator who deplored the "corporatization" of baseball has a point. The game itself suffers from these  types of decisions. Can you imagine Stengel pulling Larsen in Game Five of the 1956 Series?  There's a reason this was never done before, and let's hope for the sake of the game that it never is done again.

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